Khoudia Diop is a fashion model who is an epitome of MELANIN GOALS, melanin on fleek, melanin popping and those all melanin phrases we come up with. Ok I have not yet come up with any but you get the drift.
This goddess had the internet on fire when she was first spotted on the gram, with her beautiful complexion in the colored girl campaign, and we still gush over her. With all the bleaching craze, am just happy that people can still appreciate authenticity.
Khoudia has that rich natural skin tone. And we are glad she not embraces it, but uses it to empower young women in the fashion and beauty industry using her modeling platform.
She went from bullying, with her skin described as “charcoal-dark” to a positive reference. She has been nick named ‘darky’, ‘daughter of the night’, mother of the stars’ among other names.
“Bullies used to come with all kinds of names thinking I’ll feel bad about my color, well guess what, I loved them all and showed them how much I didn’t care about what they think.” Said the model.
“At first I confronted the bullies, but eventually I learned to tune out the negativity and just love myself more.”
Now she is dubbed as the “Melanin Goddess” and goo things keeps coming her way.
As they said, when you bully someone, remember that karma has everyone’s address and an effin stamp.
This year she appeared in a major advertising campaign for French cosmetics popular brand Make Up For Ever #BlendInStandOut ad, the campaign included a wide array of ethnically diverse models and influencers like Arshia Moorjani and Jessica Wang, posing the question, “What do you stand for?”
Just recently she was on the cosmopolitan among other 5 women of color sharing their journey in finding the right foundation
“When I first started searching for my foundation, it was the worst moments ever. My sister is a big fan of makeup. I grew up always trying to use her foundation but it wouldn’t work because she was a lot lighter than me. I remember trying to mix her foundation shade with dark brown and black crayons, just so it could match my skin tone. I would scratch the crayon in my hand, add moisturizer to turn it into a liquidy formula, then mix it with her foundation.
The craziest thing I ever tried was mixing her foundation with was black mascara. Nothing ever worked so I gave up. “A lot of makeup brands have dark shades but they often don’t think about the deepest ones. Brown-skinned women may find the right foundations but really dark-skinned women like me don’t have that option. I still don’t wear foundation on a regular basis because it’s been so hard to find my match in the past.”
She has such a beautiful smile to top it all.
All the best to our fashion model of the week, we love you, keep doing great things.
Images source: @melaniin.goddess.